Monday, July 19, 2010
Brave New Word for Today!!
(meaning "government by all") was an utopian scheme devised in 1794 by the poets Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge for an egalitarian community. They originally intended to establish such a community on the banks of the Susquehanna River in the United States but by 1795 Southey had doubts about the viability off this and proposed moving the project to Wales.
Ironically, the two men were unable to agree on the location and the project collapsed.
This inability to agree probably explains so many of our currently collapsing projects. Either the "government by all" concept is flawed or we just have too many darn poets.
Both options are painful to me, an admittedly bad poet and an unreformable utopian dreamer.